Canaan Valley is an oval, bowl-like upland valley in northeastern Tucker County, West Virginia, USA. Within it are extensive wetlands and the headwaters of the Blackwater River which spills out of the valley at Blackwater Falls. It is a well-known and partially undeveloped scenic attraction and tourist draw, associated with the Canaan Valley Resort State Park and the Blackwater Falls State Park.Make Canaan Valley Resort State Park a part of your Davis vacation plans using our Davis day trip planning website.
Canaan Valley was designated a National Natural Landmark in 1974. The National Park Service citation indicates that the Valley is "a splendid 'museum' of Pleistocene habitats... contain... an aggregation of these habitats seldom found in the eastern United States. It is unique as a northern boreal relict community at this latitude by virtue of its size, elevation and diversity." Since 1994, almost 70% of the Valley has become the Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge, the nation's 500th National Wildlife Refuge.
The local pronunciation of "Canaan" is, rather than the conventional for the Biblical region from which the area takes its name.
The Valley, nestled among the higher ranges of the Allegheny Mountains, is about 13mi long and 3mi to 5mi wide. It is defined by Canaan Mountain to the west and Cabin Mountain to the east. The Valley encompasses approximately 25,000 acres (although the greater Valley ecosystem is sometimes considered to consist of about 36,000 acres). The average valley floor elevation is 3200ft above sea level, making it the highest sizable valley east of the Mississippi River. The surrounding mountains extend upward an additional 1250ft to 4,450 ft. (1,356 m) at the summit of Weiss Knob on the southeastern rim of the valley.
Canaan Valley Resort State Park reviews
We stayed here for three days. We had a beautiful room with a balcony. We visited all three of the restaurants and we were not disappointed. A lot of the restaurants in town were closed. They also... more »
My family has gone to Canaan Valley for a family reunion for over 40 years. About 10 years ago or so, we noticed Canaan Valley Resort had opened up a Sporting Clay and Archery field. It is located right across from the ski lift. My family loves shooting the skeet and sporting clays. Every time we go to Canaan Valley we stop at the Sporting Clay area and shoot multiple times during our stay. The gentleman, Jim, that always takes us out shooting is incredible! He is so knowledgeable, fun and you can tell he loves the sport. We have had the best service from them every time we go. We are so happy Canaan created this play for people to go and learn about the sport.
Beautiful park. We stayed at the lodge and our rooms were clean and well stocked. The staff were all friendly and knowledgeable. We had a little bit of a disappointment with dinner, but they made amends beyond our expectations. Definitely looking forward to my next visit.
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